Somethings about Mary in February 2014
Many, many thanks to Anne-Marie, Bria, Bruno, Carmen, Catherine, Chantal, Christina, Conal, Eileen, Esther, Justina, Kathleen, Lloyd, Luna-Nicole, Marie, Michael, Nicky, Olga, Father Patrick, Paul, Paula, Roger, Sam, Stephanie, Tina, Vicky, William &Zen for giving their 'something' about Mary this month.
This v ancient painting of the Madonna is in Chiesa di Santa Maria della Concezione in Campo Marzio, Rome.
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"I believe in Mary, Mother of God and Mother of Jesus. I pray and ask her many favours. I love her like I love Christ. Amen."
Michael is from England.
2nd February - Feast of Presentation of Jesus in the Temple - Vicky
"Mary we call our Mama Mary in the Philippines and for me my experience with her is that she has always been my help in times of crisis, especially my daughter has had chronic anemia, and I prayed to Mama Mary to look after my daughter where I was always away from them, and until now I always pray the rosary to beg her to intercede for me and my family and all the people that I pray for. So Mary is our mother. Let's continue to pray to her for all our needs and for the whole world."
Vicky is from the Philippines.
Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd February 2014:
"Dear children, with motherly love I desire to teach you sincerity, because I desire that, in your actions as my apostles, you be exact, resolute, and above all sincere. I desire that, by the grace of God, you be open for a blessing. I desire that by fasting and prayer you obtain from the Heavenly Father the cognition of what is natural and holy – Divine. Filled with cognition, under the shelter of my Son and myself, you will be my apostles who will know how to spread the Word of God to all those who do not know of it; and you will know how to overcome obstacles that will stand in your way. My children, by means of a blessing, God’s grace will descend upon you and you will be able to retain it through fasting, prayer, purification and reconciliation. You will have the efficiency which I seek of you. Pray for your shepherds that the ray of God’s grace may illuminate their ways. Thank you."
"To me Mary is one of the greatest gifts. I just think she's absolutely amazing. She's been with me when there's just been darkness in my life. She's just been my light, to be honest with you. She's prayed for me, she's prayed with me. And I just find her an amazing force within my life."
Marie is from England.
"Mary was the mother of Jesus. She was beautiful, she had the Holy Spirit around her, something really touching, and she was the Mother of God."
Luna-Nicole is from Switzerland.
"Our Lady is everything to me. She led me to Christ and every day I just hope that my heart can be a little bit more like hers. Being close to Mary is just the greatest gift you can have."
Nicky is from Glasgow in Scotland.
"Our Lady, she’s wonderful, she’s the Mother of Holy God, isn’t she! She's everything in the world to me, and anything I ever ask her for favours, for my kids or for myself, she’s always there for us, body, soul and spirit. And she comes with her Baby Jesus to us. She means so much to me: she's my mother, and she's all our mother."
Tina is from Ireland.
"I just devote myself every day to Our Lady, all the time."
Roger is from Earl's Court in London.
"Our Lady is so special, so special to us."
Justina is from Malaysia and gives her something about Mary in English & Malay.
10th February - Feast of St Scholastica - Bria
"Mary is a wonderful model of what it is to be a woman, and I think that that’s really important, especially nowadays for women trying to find your way to cope with femininity and to embrace it, and Mary does that so fully and perfectly that we can look to her as a role model. I know that Mary will always be there whenever I call to her and that's incredible and that's such a gift that God has given us."
Bria is 23 & from the US.
"I’m going to testify that Mother Mary has done wonderful things for me in my life. In 2002 I had my twin grandsons and one of them had a heart defect. I was so saddened because I love my daughter and I love my grandkids. So I decided to go to Lourdes. So I went to Lourdes and I poured out my heart to Mother Mary. And now that boy has recovered fully; he did have one operation but now he is fully recovered. When he went back for a check up they said it had healed itself and I put this miracle down to Mother Mary. I didn't expect him to live this long: he's twelve years old and I can't stop thanking Mother Mary."
Christina is from Ghana.
14th February - Feast of Ss Cyril & Methodius, Patrons of Europe - Father Patrick
"Because I never knew my mother, I’ve always taken Mother Mary to be my mother and I always turn to her in times of joy, in times of sorrow, in times of suffering, in times of need, I always turn to her. One way or another she's always there, she never lets me down. She may not answer my prayer in the way I would prefer but I leave it to her. She knows best because she's the Seat of Wisdom. She knows everything that is best for her children."
Father Patrick Haywood is from England.
15th February - Feast of St Claude La Colombière - Olga
"The thing that comes to mind about Mary is that she’s pure, she’s forgiving, she guides me, and when the priest said about Mary suffering with pain, I just had tears in my eyes because I think it reflects what mothers go through."
Olga's family is from Goa; she was born in Uganda & now lives in London.
"I’d thank you, Our Lady, you’re a dear mother. We trust you, we respect you, for all you do for each one of us. You guide us, Our Lady, and lead us to Our Lord. We put all our trust and faith in you. You're our dearest mother, our guide, our inspiration, our hope, so that we can ultimately get to know Our Lord Jesus Christ through your intercession."
Bruno is from Goa in India.
"Mary is my mother and she’s the mother of Jesus. And without her we would be all lost because only for her Jesus wouldn't be here. So, thank you Mary for saying yes to the angel and saying yes to God."
William (Billy) is from Donegal in Ireland.
"To me Our Lady is my mother and I turn to her for comfort and when I think about Our Lady I feel at peace and I know that she's going to sort me out."
Chantal is from Antwerp in Belgium.
22nd February - See of Saint Peter - Paula
"I’d encourage anyone, Catholic, non-Catholic, just to have a talk with Our Lady. You know, she lived it. She was the first quintessential woman. She is THE quintessential woman. We might say we're modern women now, but she was it back then. She was a modern woman in the biblical times fighting, standing up for truth and justice, and how amazing is she!"
Paula is from Jamaica.
"I find that if I need comfort or understanding, I know that Mary is there because she's always looking after me the way she looked after Jesus, like she was there at the crucifixion. Also, the fact is that she was a wife to St Joseph and Joseph is a great saint of mine. So I feel that she understood her husband very well and she helps me to try to understand motherhood in women, when I'm talking to them."
Sam is from England.
"I think eventually that led me to loving the Church in all its fullness and all its beauty, and also having a real deep faith in God and also a relationship with Him in and through the Church when I went to Medjugorje kind of almost accidentally when I was 19 years old. I think at the time just coming back into really loving the Church and understanding for the first time the role of Our Lady, I always think back to them early days and that exposure with Our Lady, with Lourdes, the Legion of Mary and especially of praying the rosary. In some way I see that as it were the gentle action of her hand in my life, always keeping me on the right path, keeping me close to her son Jesus."
Conal is 25 & from Ireland.
Our Lady of Medjugorje's message to Marija Pavlović on 25 February:
“Dear children! You see, hear and feel that in the hearts of many people there is no God. They do not want Him, because they are far from prayer and do not have peace. You, little children, pray - live God's commandments. You be prayer, you who from the very beginning said `yes` to my call. Witness God and my presence and do not forget, little children: I am with you and I love you. From day to day I present you all to my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
“Queridos hijos! Ven, oyen y sienten que en los corazones de mucha gente no está Dios: no lo quieren, porque están lejos de la oración y no tienen paz. Ustedes, hijitos, oren, vivan los mandamientos de Dios. Ustedes sean oración, ustedes que desde el principio mismo han dicho "sí" a mi llamado. Testimonien a Dios y mi presencia, y no olviden, hijitos, Yo estoy con ustedes y los amo. Día a día los presento a todos a mi Hijo Jesús. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."
"Cari figli! Vedete, ascoltate e sentite che nei cuori di molti uomini non c'è Dio. Non lo vogliono perché sono lontani dalla preghiera e non hanno la pace. Voi, figlioli, pregate, vivete i commandamenti di Dio. Voi siate preghiera, voi che fin dallo stesso inizio avete detto „si“ alla mia chiamata. Testimoniate Dio e la mia presenza e non dimenticate figlioli, che Io sono con voi e vi amo. Di giorno in giorno vi presento al mio figlio Gesù. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata.”
"Mary for me is the Mother of all, and not just Jesus; and she is a model for all women of how to follow God."
Zen is 34 & from the Philippines.
"I think that Mary, Our Lady, is Queen of Heaven, Mother of the Church."
Lloyd is from England.
"Mary is for me is, simply, a mother, a mother of everyone, who listens and who understands."
Catherine is from the Philippines & gives her something about Mary in English & Tagalog.